Green State | Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Vermont, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A clean and satisfying quencher"

Added by acurtis on 10-27-2013

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Norske42
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Philcassella
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light gold with a green hue. Decent start to the head which leaves only a few small spots on the glass.

The malt dominates the smell with an almost fruit punch sweetness. Mellow and mild.

The taste mimics the smell with the fruity base. The hop is more pronounced but not overpowering. Full bodied, particularly for the style. Moderate carbonation. The finish has a touch of sour dairy.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering most of the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing running down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy hops and bready malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts, but there is a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops, which also contribute some hints of floral and grassy flavors.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a bit subdued compared to other pilseners, but is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Serving type: can

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp, drinkable. I'm not going to go deep with a review because, although this is a beer that's very well made, tasty and light on the palate, to me its meant to be enjoyed, not fussed over. It certainly could hold up to a thorough investigation but that's just not how I see it. Poured it cold into a glass, enjoyed the golden hue, bready and floral aroma and the combo of biscuit-cracker-spicy hops with a kiss of corn sweetness and downed a few of these. Sessionable in the truest sense. Buy the sixer and enjoy them on a hot day.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excited to finally get Zero Gravity via distribution channels in Massachusetts. I've long enjoyed their Conehead Citra-hopped wheat IPA, and I've visited the taproom before (which is also an American Flatbread location, as both establishments are owned by the same people), so to see Conehead alongside their lager and pale ale in my local Craft Beer Cellar's cooler was a welcome surprise after a day of work!

Pours a clear straw-golden color with a fluffy head of mildly-retentive white foam. It seems to sink down to almost nothing pretty quickly, but the body bears a lot of solid carbonation streaming upwards, and I of course love the clarity when it comes to this style, so I'm okay with it. No lace to speak of here, but, once again, this is a decent looking beer at the end of the day.

Nose is surprisingly hoppy; floral, slightly-piney and earthy with crushed flower petals, some damp earth and light spice notes. Bold crackery malt jumps out of the glass too, bringing forth some bready undertones and a dusting of yeast as well. Slight cornbread-like notes with some sage-like herbal components buried in the back. Very solid nose with some good complexity despite the more stripped-down down-to-earth style they went for here.

Even better on the tongue, with bold hoppiness featuring floral notes and light touches of pine. Bold bready malt and a very solid, grainy body give this some oomph despite clocking in at just under 5%. Definitely getting a lot of crusty bread, light notes of honeyed malt, floral hops, some light baking spice and a tiny bit of yeast character in there. Overall as expected for the style but quite well-executed.

Feel is a touch heavier-bodied than I'd prefer for a small German pilsener, but it's not bad. Carbonation is mildly pushy but overall pretty satisfactory. This is a style I tend to be a little harsh on regarding mouthfeel, though, as it's one of the most difficult aspects of this classic style to nail completely. It's also maybe a little too bitter for its own good, too, but I think that's natural for being an American made pilsner in the modern scene. Up for debate, though, I guess. Solid stuff!

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harsley
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours just golden yellow. Just a hint of burnished color on it. A white crown that is creamy and lasts. clear and bright. Nose is powerful with malt. This malt shows texture even on the nose. It is breaddy with a golden crust and softly biscuity too. Hallertau Mittlefruh are like downy sweet earth and saaz are sweet and lengthy with herbal. The restraiend floral is like a crisp cone. The drink is sensational . Breaddy malt takes center stage with bold textures. The noble hops are potent and each one is well defined. Swift bitterness and this finishes with sweet spice form one hop married to the sweetness in the other. Plenty of bread to finish clean and crisp with a good bubble.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes, Sample at The Microbrew Invitational 6/3/2017
Slightly hazy deep yellow, bubbly white head. Rich bready pilsner malt soft floral hops light fruit and earth. Pretty nice lager.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smi69
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yeaprolly
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 1/25/17 into a shaker pint glass
A - Wonderful clarity, honey drop yellow color, the carbonation is spot on
S - A bit of warm toast, touch of 2 row malts, cut grass, and a bit of corn tortilla out of the oven
T - Follows the nose closely, a bit sweet to start, then quick to dial back toward a gentle bitterness
F - Wonderful on the palate, lite in footprint, carbonation is quick to clean things up.
O - A very approachable lager, balanced and quite a nice offering
worth seeking out

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Photo of Bitburger
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of asamartin
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread "Green State"

Haaa! I was expecting an IPA! With the word "green" in the name I associated it with hops, and to be honest, given the proliferation of IPAs in Vermont it seems like there might actually be a law that every brewery has to brew at least two! But it's not an IPA, it's a pilsner, and I guess it makes sense that if a Burlington brewery is going to brew a pilsner it'd be Zero Gravity.

Typical pilsner appearance. Mostly clear but with a slight haze (dry hopped perhaps?). Frothy white head. Average retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy pilsner malt backed by grassy and lightly herbal hops. The flavor follows, as it should, with an additional note of subtle lemon. A stiff bitterness balances it, and this is clearly done more in the Czech style than northern German. It finishes dry with some residual grassy and herbal hops that pass fairly quickly. Nicely balanced and rounded all-around. Light-medium in body with a standard carbonation that leaves it crisp and accentuates its grassy hops. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Y2kWasAnInsideJob
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from Muelemans' Craft Draughts in Rawsonville, VT. Canned on9/21, drank on 10/27.

Not a lot to say here- very drinkable mildly interesting take on the style. Lots of cereal and wheat on the nose and palate, not much else.

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Photo of hopley
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Green State from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
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